In today’s post, I’m going to be covering where, when, and how to see the tulip fields in Washington! On my trip to Washington, I also spent a day in Seattle. Check out my last post for details on what I did while in the city.
So on my second morning in Seattle, I woke up and took an uber (because I was running late..you could take a bus though!) to the SeaTac Rental Car Facility.
This was my first time renting a car on my own and they really took advantage of my inexperience. I definitely paid much more than I should have but unfortunately, I didn’t realize this until later. I’m sure I will rent more cars in the future and learn as I go but for now, I still don’t think I know enough to give good advice. Ask someone you know for some tips and do a little research on your own!
My AirBnb was in Mount Vernon, a town close to all the tulip fields, which was about an hours drive from Seattle. The drive flew by as the views were beautiful and before I knew it I had arrived at my destination, or, close to it anyways. I had scheduled a massage (my first ever) at Bella Soul Spa in Burlington, WA. I was in the mood to pamper myself and thought I would try something I had always been a little intimidated to do.
If you ever are in the area, I highly recommend Bella Soul Spa. They made me feel so at ease and comfortable. I scheduled the “spa sampler” which included a 45-minute massage along with a 45-minute facial. I got to pick the massage so I asked for the aromatherapy massage.
The experience overall was very positive despite me being pretty nervous but I was very relaxed. So much so that I fell asleep during the facial.
After the massage, I was on my way to check into my AirBnb. This private room was in a great location. It wasn’t anything fancy but it was perfect for me. Super easy to check into as well! I was in downtown Mt. Vernon and only a 10ish minute drive to the tulips. However, you MUST walk downtown to the visitor center (311 Kincaid Street, Mr. Vernon) and let them know that you are there to see the tulips. They will get you a map and show you where you need to go and how to get there. It’s the best way to understand how to get around as some of the fields are kind of scattered around.
I drove out to one field before sunset and just walked around and got loads of pictures but mostly I just looked on quietly with my phone in my bag. For me it was one of those moments where everything felt right. Everything is happening when and how it should. I felt calm and happy and at peace.
I grabbed something to eat on the way home and settled in for the night. However, I hit the ground running the next day as I had a lot to see before heading back in the afternoon to catch my evening flight back to home.
The display garden at Tulip Town focused around showcasing different tulip varieties from different countries. It was really cool to walk around and look at them all. They also had a windmill and other fun little displays. This place seemed optimal for kiddos as there was face painting and hayrides going on.
I was pleasantly surprised to find some unusual varieties of tulips and even flowers weren’t tulips at both display gardens, Some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen were mixed in amongst the rows.
I was told by the staff at the visitor center that Roozengaarde more similarily resembled display gardens one might see in the Netherlands. Personally, I preferred Roozengaarde. I thought it was a little more picturesque and the display garden was much more intricate. However, they were both beautiful.
It was at Roozengaarde I picked up two bouquets of tulips (yellow) and decided to try my luck and try to get them home. I am happy to report that by keeping them in a cooler on the drive back to Seattle and then keeping a damp paper towel wrapped around the stems I not only flew with these bouquets but they also lasted for about a week. It was like having a vase of sunshine on my kitchen counter.
Need to Know:
- You will have to pay for parking at both gardens (unless you can snag the free parking but it was full by the time I got there.) Roozengaarde was $10 for weekend admission and $7 for weekday admission. Tulip Town weekend admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6–11 and ages 5 and under are free. Weekday admission is $7/adult and children 6 and under are free.
- Pack rain boots/wellies something that you can get super muddy and not be upset about. I searched two different local Walmarts for some cheap rainboots but apparently, every other tourist had the same thought. I settled for a $10 pair of tennis shoes to prevent my nicer tennis shoes from being totally caked in the mud that seemed to be everywhere.
- Pack your patience as well. People from around the world were in Washington to see the Tulips at the same time as me. Sometimes I had to wait in a line just to get close enough to a particular row of tulips to snap a picture. However, what is nice about these display gardens is that there is always a quiet corner you can find to enjoy the view in peace.
- The festival/best time to see the Tulips is during the month of April each year.
This is definitely a bucket list item. Go and see them. You won’t regret it. I want to make it an annual trip and hopefully, I can get around to visiting the Netherland fields one day.
Anyways, thank you for reading. I know I’ve been a bit slow getting back into the swing of posting. I still may be slow on the uploads as I am lacking inspiration at the moment.
A personal update: I recently got a job in the north Flordia/south Georgia area. I am currently living at home but plan to move to the Tallahassee, FL area in the next 6 months or so. It isn’t as big or exciting as Denver but it’s home for now. Expect some posts about that and whatever else I can scrape together to write for you.
I have lots of travels planned but the earliest trip I have planned at the moment is in November for my birthday but, of course, you can expect a post about that.
Well, that is all for now. Thank you for sticking around…if someone stuck around, lol.